Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Which world order? Trump, Macron spell out rival visions at U.N.

Read more

ENCORE!

Debra Granik: 'There aren't many women who love making films about blood and gore'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Medical breakthrough? Researchers find way to tackle Alzheimer's

Read more

FOCUS

Jihadists, but no terror attacks: The case of Italy

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

A controversial pastor in Haiti, pollution in Casablanca, and more

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Photojournalist Reza: 'Children are now the best photographers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Instagram founders quit photo app

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed at least 227

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential parody: The unofficial Elysée shop

Read more

Americas

Ex-Argentina VP Boudou found guilty, sentenced in corruption case

© Eitan Abramovich, AFP | Former Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou during his corruption trial, August 7, 2018.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-08-07

Amado Boudou, who had been former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's economy minister and vice president, was found guilty and sentenced on Tuesday to five years and 10 months of prison on corruption charges.

The Fourth Federal Tribunal, in Buenos Aires, ruled that a deal Boudou had made with a bankrupt money printing company was "incompatible with public office." Boudou had pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped the company exit bankruptcy in exchange for an equity stake in 2010, when he was economy minister.

Boudou became the highest-profile official in the Fernandez administration to be handed a prison sentence, but several former officials are facing a range of corruption charges.

Progress in the judicial cases against the former officials since President Mauricio Macri took office in December 2015 has been heralded as a milestone for a country long known for impunity, but Fernandez and her allies have said the cases
amount to political persecution.

Fernandez has been indicted on corruption charges but enjoys immunity from arrest as a senator. She has admitted possible corruption in her government but denies wrongdoing.

Before Boudou's sentence was read, he said in court proceedings broadcast on local television that the case was a "matter of revenge" by members of Fernandez's left-leaning administration.

"Politicians that stay in the lane that the powerful decide walk without problems. Politicians that decide to change reality are persecuted," Boudou said. "This is a matter of revenge."

The ruling came days after local newspaper La Nacion published the contents of notebooks kept by a driver in Fernandez's administration, in which he detailed transporting millions of dollars in bribe cash from construction executives to government officials.

Dozens of executives and officials have been arrested in the past week as part of that case.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2018-08-07

  • ARGENTINA

    General strike over IMF deal paralyzes Argentina

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2018

    Croatia crush Argentina 3-0 to reach final 16

    Read more

  • ARGENTINA

    IMF approves $50 billion aid package for Argentina

    Read more

COMMENT(S)